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The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Washington embodies the collaborative, interdisciplinary spirit of our field. Working with other departments, schools, and universities, we focus on the integration of technological systems to solve practical problems in our teaching and research. Mechanical engineering is the broadest of all engineering disciplines. We team up with a wide variety of scientists and engineers on work that spans countless disciplines. We value excellence, leadership, innovation, diversity, collaboration, and agility.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering has an outstanding opportunity for a Software Engineer.
About you: We are looking for team members who enjoy the energetic, exciting, and flexible environment of a research group with strong clinical partners and a focus on translation of technology to the clinic and home. You are capable of working in multidisciplinary teams, communicating complex technical methods, building, testing and deploying systems with a focus on human-centered design, and working to improve existing systems. You are a logical thinker and a clear communicator. You are capable of devising and implementing complex algorithms, but you prefer to discover simple and affordable solutions. You are an energetic self-starter who is a good team player. You can work both with faculty and students on their research projects, and with the end users of those systems. You have a bachelor's degree in computer science, or the equivalent. Research experience, or a higher degree, is desired but not required. Pay will be commensurate with abilities.
About us: The Ability & Innovation Lab seeks a programmer who will help to design and implement the next generation of tools to monitor and improve human movement. The Ability & Innovation Lab at the University of Washington sits in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Our focus is on using engineering and design to improve human performance, with a focus on improving movement after brain injury. As such, we work closely with a team of clinical partners and follow a human-centered design process. We create devices, algorithms, and experimental methods to understand how humans move and what can be done to improve performance after injury. The majority of our work is in the open-source domain, although we prioritize translating technology to the clinic and home and will support the pathways that lead to the greatest clinical impact.
Sample projects: A few specific funded projects for which we need help include the following. You will assist with one or more of these projects, but will also be involved with new projects as they arise and mentoring students:
Open-Source Motion Capture: using depth cameras to provide accurate assessments of human movement for physical therapy, orthopedics, and sports medicine clinics.
Biofeedback Training: development of Android applications for tracking and training muscle activity after stroke with flexible electrodes.
Hand Assessment: creating user-friendly GUI and depth cameras to assess hand function in children with cerebral palsy before and after surgery.
Infant Diagnosis: development of mobile applications for early assessment and diagnosis.
Duties: Duties include the following, or related tasks.
Software development of research prototypes (50%):
Design, build, test, and debug new and existing complex software programs
Devise and implement algorithms
Deploy systems to both clinical partners
Give presentations and demos, within and outside the university
Conduct experiments to evaluate efficacy of new techniques and tools (30%):
Conduct case studies, observe users and generalize results
Conduct controlled experiments, perform analysis of data
Store and analyzes data
Support colleagues and external users (10%):
Write tutorials, usage examples, and user manuals
Generalize systems to enable customization by external users
Write internal design documentation
Mentor students and provide guidance on projects
Prepare documentation and technical papers (10%):
Develop documentation on systems specifications and operating instructions
Participate in writing and submission of technical papers to journals, conferences
Revise papers to address reviewer comments
Prepare demo materials
Bachelor's Degree in computer science or related field or equivalent experience and three years software development and research experience
Development/design, debugging, etc of complex software programs and applications and minimum of 3 years related experience.
Strong interpersonal skills
Ability to work and communicate with faculty, students, and end users
Ability to write clear technical documentation and papers.
Ability to give clear and engaging verbal presentations.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Experience with depth cameras and/or Android development
Experience with academic research
Experience working with clinical partners
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